NEW DELHI: The Election Commission announced, a short while ago, the schedule of general election to elect 17th Lok Sabha. The elections will be held over in seven Phases, starting on 11 April and ending on 19th May. The Results will be announced on 23 May, 2019.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 10, 2019
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct have come into effect as of now. For the election process over 1 million polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine hundred thousand in 2014. Nearly 900 million voters would vote to select representatives from 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. The election is expected to pit Modi-led National Democratic Alliance against several opposition parties, including the Congress, the Left and regional parties.
PM Modi wecomed the announcement with a tweet.
The festival of democracy, Elections are here.
I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout.
I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 10, 2019
Congress too welcomed the announcement, calling the EC decision as trumpets of war
— Congress (@INCIndia) March 10, 2019
Its expected while Opposition will remind the population of long lines and job losses during Demonetization and GST-launch, the BJP led NDA will go to voters with its bravado with regards to Pakistan